U.K. Appoints New Ambassador to Israel

Neil Wigan. (U.K. government)

The United Kingdom has appointed a new ambassador to Israel, succeeding David Quarrey, who has been in his post since 2015, the U.K. government said in a statement Thursday.

Neil Wigan, who joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2000, will take his diplomatic post in June, replacing current ambassador David Quarrey.

This is not Wigan’s first experience with Israel and the Middle East. According to a press release, he previously served as head of the FCO’s political section in Tel Aviv, and as head of the Arab, Israel and North Africa Group.

His recent appointments include director of the Africa Directorate and ambassador to Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Quarrey oversaw significant developments in Israel-U.K. relations, including the first royal visit to Israel.

In a social media post, Wigan said that his first post was in Israel and that he is very pleased to be returning to the country.